About the book:
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…
A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
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Aurora Rising is my first experience reading Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman together as I’ve not read the Illuminae books (YET!!!). I was unsure of what to expect going into Aurora Rising, but I needn’t have worried. Aurora Rising is a super fun read. Its the squad goals book I didn’t know I needed until I picked it up!
Set in 2380 at the Aurora Academy, it follows a team of characters gearing up for their first missions as graduating cadets.
I really enjoyed the book as a whole. The plot was good, the characters were relatable and the action was really engaging too.
While I had some issues with it, I still found I couldn’t put it down. I liked the sci-fi/YA crossover and the world-building was really well imagined.
For me, there were echoes of Jeff Vadermeer’s Annihilation at times, which is in no way a bad thing, just an unexpected turn of events!
Aurora Rising is a fast-paced read, with plenty of thrills!
Recommended for sure!